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Finding length of airport runway

by NDbogan
Tags: distance, jumbo jet, runway length
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NDbogan
#1
Sep21-09, 10:36 AM
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the landing speed of a jumbo jet is 300Kn/hr. After landing, the jet comes to the safe taxiing speed of 30Km/hr in 12 seconds. The airport authorities would like to keep a saftey margin of 250 metres of runway. How long should the runway be for the safe landing of jumbo jets?

Now, I remember doing this in class. I just can't find my notes.

I was thinking that it might have something to do with:

Final velocity(v)= initial velocity(u)+acceleration(a) x time(t)

maybe re-arranging it then being able to find the distance travelled.
so:
a=(u-v)/t

all help appreciated
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rl.bhat
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Sep21-09, 10:47 AM
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Your formula for a is correct. Convert km/h to m/s and find the acceleration.
There is a kinematic equation which contains vi,a,t and x. Using that equation find x.To it add safety margin to find the length of the run way.
NDbogan
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Sep21-09, 11:16 AM
P: 18
ok. from what you've said this is what i've tried
u=300km/hr=1080m/s
v=30km/hr=108m/s
t=12s
safety margin=250m

to get a
a=(u-v)/t
=(1080-108)/12
=81m/s

so: distance covered=u.t + 1/2.a.t^2
=(1080 x 12) + (1/2 x 81 x 144)
=12960 + 5832
=18792m
then add the safety margin
=18792 + 250
= 19042m
= 19.042km

am I any closer to the answer do you think?

rl.bhat
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Sep21-09, 11:21 AM
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Finding length of airport runway

Your conversion of km/hr to m/s is wrong.
The plane is slowing down. So the acceleration must be negative.
NDbogan
#5
Sep21-09, 11:32 AM
P: 18
ok so it would be
a=(v-u)/t
=(108-1080)/12
=-81m/s

so: distance covered=u.t + 1/2.a.t^2
=(1080 x 12) + (1/2 x -81 x 144)
=12960 + -360
=12600m
then add the safety margin
=12600 + 250
= 12850m
= 12.85km
maybe?
rl.bhat
#6
Sep21-09, 12:29 PM
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300km/hr = 300*1000/3600 = ? m/s
NDbogan
#7
Sep21-09, 12:58 PM
P: 18
had that the first time and thought i was wrong.
that being the case
so: distance covered=u.t + 1/2.a.t^2
=(83.33 x 12) + (1/2 x -6.25 x 144)
=999 + -450
=549m
then add the safety margin
=549 + 250
= 799m
= 0.799km
you must hate me by now =]
rl.bhat
#8
Sep21-09, 07:28 PM
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Now the answer is correct.
NDbogan
#9
Sep23-09, 08:42 AM
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thanks so much rl. you are a legend


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